To continue our posts about the latest Mi A1 Android smartphone, we want to cover one of the most important questions. In this post you’ll find the step-by-step tutorial for starters on how you can easily unlock the bootloader on your Xiaomi Mi A1 device. The process of unlocking the Mi A1 is a little bit different from the way you unlock other Mi phones, so take your time and read everything carefully. Also pay attention that your device is fully charged (or have at least 50% of battery charge) and remember that it’s recommended to use rear USB ports.

Unlocking tutorial for Xiaomi Mi A1 (tissot)

  1. The first step would be enabling the unlock on the phone itself. For this you’ll need to enable developer options first. To do this, you should go to “Settings” > “About phone” and tap 7-8 times on the build version. You’ll see a message that developers options are now enabled. Now go to “Settings” > “Advanced” > “Developer options” and activate “Enable OEM Unlock”.
  2. Now boot your device in “bootloader” mode, to do this you’ll need to turn off your phone first, then press “Power” button and “Volume down” buttons at the same time. Otherwise you can use adb command “adb reboot bootloader”.
  3. Connect your phone to PC via USB cable.
  4. Make sure you’ve downloaded and unpacked ADB drivers and tools: tools_r26.0.1-windows.zip
  5. Now go to unpacked “Tools” folder, press and hold “Shift” key and right mouse click on empty space, in the menu select “Open command window here”. If you’re using Windows 10, make sure you’ve opened Windows (cmd) and not “PowerShell” app.
  6. Now check if device is connected successfully by typing this command:
    fastboot devices
  7. If everything was done successfully, you’ll see your device unique ID number. If you don’t see it, try reinstalling drivers and repeat everything again.
  8. Now to finally and completely unlock the bootloader on your Xiaomi Mi A1 type one of the following commands (these commands are absolutely identical):
    fastboot oem unlock

    or

    fastboot flashing unlock